And the Winners of Our Testimonial Contest Are…

Last month, we asked our users to share their experiences using BeenVerified and the feedback we received was amazing! Your stories created a flood of positive energy throughout our organization and we can’t thank everyone enough for their thoughtful submissions. While each individual story was important in its own way, we can only give away five iPads. If we gave away anymore, we just may have to increase our pricing! (kidding)

A big congrats to our five winners. Now, without further ado, check out the stories from our featured winners. Enjoy!

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Understanding Individual Criminal Records

Now that you understand how court records are classified and why, you may need some assistance in navigating and analyzing the details of an individual record. Well, you came to the right place. If you still do not understand how criminal records are classified or perhaps need a refresher, please take a minute to read a full explanation of “Likely Matches” “Possible Matches” and “Not Likely Matches.” The following assumes that you are already comfortable with this material.

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Check Out BeenVerified in Inc. Magazine!

It has been four years since we started BeenVerified with the goal of adding transparency into our digital universe and what a ride its been.  Like most small businesses, we experience our fair share of ups and downs, failures and successes.

That’s why we’re pretty excited that Inc. Magazine featured the BeenVerified story as a case study this month. Check it out to learn more about how we started, where we are today and what the future holds.

As we continue on our journey, we wanted to thank everyone  from our amazing community of users, to our friends and family who do not get to see us as much as they should and everyone in between.  Finally, big thanks to Issie Lapowsky and the Inc. Magazine team for being so thorough and pushing the outer limits of our memory!  We learned a lot from the experience.

Read the rest on Inc. and let us know what you think!

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BeenVerified Featured in Inc. Magazine

 

The Rise of Collaborative Consumption and the Emergence of the Rentrepreneur

Rob Baedeker wrote a fantastic article in Newsweek Magazine recently titled “How to Make Money When the Economy is Failing.” The article chronicles two weeks in the life of Rob taking on a new role as “Rentrepreneur.” In short, Rob uses new and innovative start-ups to rent things out ranging from an empty room in his house to the usage of his backyard BBQ, to  even renting out his dog to a park-going stranger looking to play fetch. In two weeks, Rob earned a total of $654.85.

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How to Run a Craigslist Background Check

Figuring out how to run a background check on someone you found on Craigslist can be fairly tricky. Whether you plan on meeting in person or just conducting a transaction online, things are not always clear. Postings are made anonymously, as Craigslist will always generate a unique email address to mask a poster’s real email. With so much limited information, how do you go about verifying this person?

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Understanding How Criminal Records Are Classified

At BeenVerified, we get a lot of people asking us about how to analyze and understand the information presented from criminal records. Remember, criminal records come from over 500 counties around the country, each with a unique system for reporting. We wish there was one standard protocol across the country as well – Sigh…

Don’t worry, we are here to help. We thought it would be great to share a step-by-step breakdown of how exactly to read criminal records on BeenVerified. So read on and before you know it, you will be breezing through criminal records like you’re a regular Dick Tracy.

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This Holiday Season, Try Collaborative Consumption

Black Friday is rapidly approaching and visions of overcrowded malls with parking spaces oh so far come creeping into our brain. Now, thanks to the social web, you can finally avoid circling around the parking lot banging your head on the steering wheel. With this in mind, we  think this holiday season is a perfect time to try “collaborative consumption.” Continue reading

The Difference between Googling and a Background Check

We live in a Google society. Everyone is busy Googling other people. (Heck, Google is even considered a verb in the dictionary!) Searching people is not only acceptable in today’s culture, it is celebrated.  It has become so common place that some important ideas are often overlooked.

Search engines do a lot of things extraordinarily well, but people search is simply not one of them.  Think about it.  Search engines essentially spit back the information you are looking to verify in the first place.  If you want a more complete picture, you need access to 3rd party, objective, transparent sources that search engines simply do not provide. Can we step back and analyze this further?

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